Master’s in New Media and Journalism - About

New Media and Journalism Master Program (With Thesis / Without Thesis)


The area known as journalism in traditional communication studies has gained a new dimension since the 1990s, with advances in computer technology and the introduction of the Internet. This new dimension, called the new media, was involved in the process, and journalism training had to be reorganized to include the new media. These arrangements are based on an interdisciplinary approach, especially in postgraduate education.

The program itself has an interdisciplinary understanding and is fed by various branches of science within the scope of communication sciences, while at the same time it is becoming open to new scientific fields with technological developments. The foundation of the new media as a basis for journalistic studies allows journalism to evolve and develop, depending on technological developments.

There are two main goals in the program. The first is to lead academic studies to examine the impact of the new media on journalism  and transforming it at the academic level; and the second is to offer an attractive training program for media professionals who will do the journalism profession in the new media environment. Today journalism is increasingly moving to the internet, and the need for professionals equipped with new media opportunities is increasing. Students who graduate from the program will be able to work both on the internet versions of traditional newspapers and as professionals equipped directly with internet based media.

Science Branches of the New Media and Journalism Master Program

New Media and Journalism Thesis and Non-Thesis Master Program covers all processes related to new media and journalism. These processes are mainly addressed in four dimensions: The first dimension includes the structure and functioning of old and new media organizations that journalists are working on. The second dimension includes professionalism and professional development of journalism. The third dimension includes the formation and presentation of news. The fourth dimension is society (reader) dimension and deals with the effects of new media and journalism on society. Therefore, the new media and journalism graduate program deals with new media and journalism from a multidimensional perspective. New Media and Journalism Thesis and Non-Thesis Master Program covers three branches of science under new media and journalism department, new media, journalism and media economy.

New Media: In this context, there are lessons such as new media theories aiming to theoretically examine new media as well as lectures which treat new media as research subject. The program includes compulsory and elective courses aimed at encouraging new media studies, examining the function of the new media to produce and disseminate culture, and discussing social media and cultural relations.

Journalism: This lecture also includes lectures on the theoretical level of journalism as well as lectures on practices and researches. The program examines journalism and its problems that are transformed through elective courses such as journalism researches in new media, journalism ethics in new media, and journalism practices in new media.

Media Economy: In this context, there are lectures on the economic aspects of both new media and journalism. The program includes courses to analyze the economic structure of national and international journalism and the new media sector.

New Media and Journalism Masters Program Employment Opportunities 

New Media and Journalism Thesis and Non-Thesis Master Program aims to specialize in New Media and Journalism fields with its strong academic staff and background. Graduates of the Non-Thesis Master Program have employment opportunities as professional communicators in the fields of New Media and Journalism. The thesis program has been designed according to the aims of academic career in communication, New Media and Journalism or other communication related fields.

The Duration of the New Media and Journalism Program 

The duration of the New Media and Journalism Non-Thesis Master Program is two semesters. In the non-thesis program, a total of ten courses are taken, four of which are compulsory and six of which are optional. Students graduate at the end of the second semester by completing the project. Students who can not complete the program within two semesters are given one additional semester. Accordingly, the student must successfully pass all courses and the Project within three semesters at the latest.

The duration of the New Media and Journalism Thesis Master Program is four semesters. In the first two semesters, the student takes a total of eleven courses, four of which are compulsory, six are elective courses and one seminar course. In the last two semesters, students complete their thesis and graduate.

Who can apply for the New Media and Journalism Masters Program?

Those who have graduated from any department of the Faculty of Communication and who have obtained a bachelor's degree in any field of social sciences can apply to the New Media and Journalism Thesis and Non-Thesis Master's Program.

ALES is required for the thesis program.

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